Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher on Tuesday claimed that the investigating agencies were “desperately” trying to get “something to stick on him” on the instructions of their “political bosses”. Mr. Naik was booked by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for money laundering.
His allegations came amid the charges raised against him by the ED which tried to get a Red Corner Notice issued against him.
In a statement issued in Mumbai, Naik asked “why are the Indian agencies getting so desperate? Desperate to comply with the instructions of their political bosses?”
“It surely cannot be a desperation to serve justice because they’re not sure of the charges themselves. But this desperation is shameful, and it shows in the way they keep shifting focus from one angle to another, from terror to money laundering, just to make something stick on me,” his statement added.
Mr. Naik further claimed, “If the Supreme Court of India gives me in writing that I will not be arrested and jailed until I am convicted, I will return to India, and I will return today.”
Naik claimed that he was trying to clear his name from the “fictitious charges by Indian agencies” and that the agencies were continuing an exercise “steeped in injustice and unfairness”.
Naik, reportedly in Malaysia, further claimed he was trying to clear his name from the “fictitious charges by Indian agencies”, adding that investigating agencies were continuing an exercise “steeped in injustice and unfairness”.
“The objective of all their actions seems to be to put me behind bars without trial and without hearing,” he alleged.
According to Naik, despite failing twice to get a Red Corner Notice issued against him, the agencies were “trying their luck” with money laundering allegations against him. “Interpol refused to accept the Indian government’s charges against me on two different occasions in the last two years, and I don’t see that stance changing,” he said.
A charge sheet was filed by ED, last month against Mr. Naik on charges of laundering criminal money to the tune of Rs. 193 crore and creating illegal real estate assets in India and abroad.